The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a fatal motor vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer carrying watermelons on April 16 in Sunrise. The crash took place at about 10:30 a.m. on the Sawgrass Expressway, and the expressway was shut down for almost six hours in certain spots.
The accident took place when the semi truck traveled behind a car while both vehicles headed north on Sawgrass, and the truck struck the back of the car. After the initial collision, the truck overturned, landed on top of the car and caught on fire. The fire made dealing with the accident difficult for firefighters and emergency crews, and the area where the crash occurred had no fire hydrants nearby. The firefighters ran out of water and had to shuttle it from a toll plaza.
The two people inside the car both died, and the truck driver was reportedly in serious condition after the wreck. The big rig involved in the accident belongs to N & G Transport in Hialeah, and the truck driver said he could not stop in time to avoid the car in front of him that came out of nowhere. The authorities are investigating the accident, and no charges have been filed as of yet.
Fatal truck accidents can leave a family devastated, but the survivors of a decedent could file a wrongful death suit in civil court to receive compensation for the financial and emotional losses suffered if the accident was caused by the negligence of another driver. In some cases, the company employing the truck driver can be named as an additional defendant in the complaint.
Source: CBS Miami, "Fiery Tractor Trailer Crash On Sawgrass Expy Kills Two", Joan Murray, 04/16/2015